Memorial to 513 Barnardo's Children

East End’s Memorial to 513 Barnardo’s Children

On Monday 5 December a new monument was unveiled in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.   It honours the Dr Barnardo children, thought to number over 500, which were buried here between 1876 and 1924, but who couldn't afford to have headstones. Who was Dr Barnardo? Thomas Barnardo was studying medicine...

Heal's Spiral Staircase

Heal’s Spiral Staircase

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" oblique_section="no" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]The famous Cecil Brewer Staircase at Heal’s Furniture Store is (according to Heal's) listed in 'Places To See In Your Lifetime'. It was designed in 1916 by the architect Cecil Brewer, cousin of Ambrose Heal who founded the furniture...

London's First Blue Plaque

London’s Oldest Blue Plaque

One of my favourite things about London is its Blue Plaques, in no other City are the planners so kind as to so frequently point out interesting people, events and buildings we should be aware of and 2016 marks their 150th anniversary.   History of Blue Plaques There are...

Balfron Tower

Balfron Tower, Poplar

The infamous tower block in Poplar was designed by Erno Goldfinger and erected in 1968. Whether you love it or loathe it, Balfron Tower is firmly part of the nation’s heritage and was given a Grade II listings in 1996 from English Heritage.     It’s a testament...

Black and British

Black and British: The Georgian Odd Couple

17 Gough Square, one of the few buildings to survive the Great Fire of London and home of the famous English-dictionary-writing Samuel Johnson, has recently got a new plaque.     As part of a BBC series of A Black History of Britain, acclaimed historian, writer and presenter...

Fake 10 Downing Street

The Fake No. 10 Downing Street

Does this door look familiar?   It's not the world famous No. 10 Downing Street but an impersonator!   This is actually 10 Adam Street just off the Strand, designed by the architect Robert Adam as part of a number of neoclassical terraced houses known as ‘Adelphi’ from 1768-92.   [caption...